2016 Domaine Jamet Syrah Vin de Pays Rouge

Year: 2016
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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"Bottled in July 2017 and aged entirely in tank, the 2016 IGP Collines Rhodanienne Syrah is one of only two red wines that are destemmed at this domaine. It's light to medium in body, weighing in at only 12% alcohol, but offers complex smoky-herbal aromas, pie cherries and tapenade notes on the palate and a silky, supple texture. Drink it within its first 5 years.

Aside from Guigal, I know of no other producer with such extensive experience with so many of Côte Rôtie's various lieux-dits. Tasting at Jamet hilltop cellar is always a study in geology and microclimate more than anything else, as the winemaking is resolutely traditional. All of the Côte Rôtie parcels are vinified as whole bunches, and there's still only a small proportion of new wood in the cellars, so it's possible to really taste nuances in the various barrels. Jean-Paul Jamet is always gracious with his time and wine, making it a true pleasure to visit." (WA)

"Limpid magenta. Spice-accented cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of violet, olive and cracked pepper. Spicy, energetic and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up slowly with air. Silky tannins frame the finish, which shows firm closing thrust and good persistence." (VM)

"More forward and supple than the Cotes du Rhône cuvée, the 2016 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah comes from vines around the estate and offers textbook Jamet notes of pepper, game, olive tapenade, and violets, with lovely raspberry fruit. Elegant, medium-bodied and seamless, drink it over the coming 3-4 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
IGP Syrah:
• Blend of 3 parcels: 1) young-vine Côte Rôtie, 2) mica schist terroir on plateau next to domaine and outside of Côte Rôtie appellation, 3) plateau above Condrieu
• Grapes are 90% de-stemmed
• Aged 11 months in older barrique (10-20 years old)